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Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World by Maryanne Wolf: This book wasn’t really what I was hoping for or expected. Why? The author chooses to include a fair bit of science related to how the brain works but fails to commit the inclusion of this information substantially enough. Meaning, the scientific information seemed like it was a half-thought afterthought. I would have preferred the author to rely more heavily on this perspective of reading and the brain rather than trying to sneak in a little bit regarding the science but not enough to have the impact it should. Also, there is a large focus in this book on children, reading, and as a result, parenting. Not that there is anything wrong with this as it is highly relevant, just that I wasn’t expecting such an emphasis to be placed on this. I admit, I glazed over these sections—which in turn exemplified how much of a non- deep reader I was, in relation to this book—and went to the letters’ (which makes up the structure of the book) which more closely resonated with my interests. Overall, the premise of this book is something I find deep connection with, and I think it is an important read to anyone considering, questioning, or defending the value of traditional reading materials as they compare to their digital counterparts.

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